In Memoriam: Professor Jack Kern

Portrait of Dr.KernJack Wayne Kern, a faculty member at the USC School of Pharmacy for 37 years, suffered a brain aneurysm and died on February 22.

Dr. Kern joined the faculty at the School of Pharmacy in the fall of 1975, after graduating from the University of California at San Francisco in 1974 and completing a residency in pharmacy practice at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1975.  He retired in 2012.

His area of specialty was acute care medicine involving Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experiences at the LA County/USC Medical Center.  He headed a number of the School’s Clinical Therapeutic modules lecturing on the subjects of cardiovascular therapeutics, autonomic nervous system therapies and infectious disease.  In 1995 he chaired our Admissions Committee, a role he served in for about 10 years.  He was also the recipient of a number of research grants, including support for the investigation of the prevention of venous thromboembolism after sustaining an injury.

Colleagues and former students remember Dr. Kern as a natural teacher who embraced the opportunity to sit down with students to talk with them about the proper use of medications and the profession of pharmacy. 

“Dr. Kern demonstrated a professional manner and was always polite and respectful to those he encountered,” said Associate Dean Fred Weissman. “I remember serving with him on the Admissions Committee and observed how carefully he assessed each applicant’s file.  He was a soft-spoken, kind and gentle person who was sensitive to the opinions of others.  He will be missed.”

Dr. Kern is survived by his wife (Rebecca Whitaker Kern), his two daughters (Stephanie Kern and Sarah Kern Possick), son-in-law (Ben Possick), granddaughter (Penelope) and many other relatives. He made his home in Malibu.

Friends are invited all to a Memorial Service for Dr. Kern at Town & Gown on the USC University Park Campus on Saturday, March 2, at 1:30 P.M.